sábado, septiembre 02, 2006
The good, the bad and the ugly about Gatech Physics Department.
It is certainly a place with some interesting groups. If you want to be a top researcher in the experimental field of Atomic Physics, or if you can get a good advisor as Jean Bellissard to be at your side, you are in good shape. GeorgiaTech Facilities are nice, campus housing is affordable and provides everything you may need.
The department is small... and poor. Grad Students have to work as TA's either as lab instructors, recitation instructors or graders. This is not a very rewarding position, as the physics lessons are seen by most of the undergrads (and I talk about the engineers who had to take these classes) as ordeals. Atlanta is not only just an small city (compared to vg. Bogot'a or Paris), but also not a very dense one. Chances are that to enjoy it you may really need to get a car, which may put your budget into trouble.
As the archetypal department of the phdcomics strip, the grad students may be understimated. In most cases your achievement rests most on "working the system" than in learning any physics whatsoever.
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